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FYI May 24, 2017

May 24th is National Escargot Day!

On this day:

1689 – The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting dissenting Protestants but excluding Roman Catholics.
The Toleration Act 1689 (1 Will & Mary c 18), also referred to as the Act of Toleration,[3] was an Act of the Parliament of England, which received the royal assent on 24 May 1689.[4][5]

The Act allowed freedom of worship to nonconformists who had pledged to the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy and rejected transubstantiation, i.e., Protestants who dissented from the Church of England such as Baptists and Congregationalists but not to Catholics. Nonconformists were allowed their own places of worship and their own teachers, as long as they accepted certain oaths of allegiance.

It purposely did not apply to Catholics, nontrinitarians[6] and atheists.[7] The Act continued the existing social and political disabilities for Dissenters, including their exclusion from political office and also from universities.

Dissenters were required to register their meeting locations and were forbidden from meeting in private homes. Any preachers who dissented had to be licensed.

Between 1772 and 1774, Reverend Doctor Edward Pickard gathered together dissenting ministers in order that the terms of the Toleration Act for dissenting clergy could be modified. Under his leadership, Parliament twice considered bills to modify the law. Both were unsuccessful and it was not until Pickard and many had lost interest that a new attempt was made in 1779.[8]

The Act was amended (1779) by substituting belief in Scripture for belief in the Anglican (doctrinal) articles, but penalties on property remained.

Penalties against Unitarians were finally removed in the Doctrine of the Trinity Act 1813.

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Born on this day:

1878 – Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist and engineer (d. 1972)
Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth (May 24, 1878 – January 2, 1972) was an American psychologist and industrial engineer. She was described in the 1940s as “a genius in the art of living.”[2] One of the first working female engineers holding a Ph.D., she is held to be the first true industrial/organizational psychologist. She and her husband Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. were efficiency experts who contributed to the study of industrial engineering in fields such as motion study and human factors. The books Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes (written by their children Ernestine and Frank Jr.) tell the story of their family life with their twelve children, and describe how they applied their interest in time and motion study to the organization and daily activities of such a large family.[3] Both books were later made into feature films.

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Volunteer work and government service
Her government work began as a result of her longtime friendship with Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover, both of whom she had known in California;[29] Gilbreth had presided over the Women’s Branch of the Engineers’ Hoover for President campaign.[30] At the behest of Lou Henry Hoover, Gilbreth joined the Girl Scouts as a consultant in 1929, later becoming a member of the board of directors, and remained active in the organization for more than twenty years.[31]
A photograph of Gilbreth distributed during the Great Depression

Under the Hoover administration, she worked on and headed the women’s section of the President’s Emergency Committee for Employment in 1930, where she worked to gain the cooperation of women’s groups for reducing unemployment.[32] During World War II, she was an advisor to several governmental groups, providing expertise on education and labor (particularly women in the workforce) for organizations such as for the War Manpower Commission, the Office of War Information,[33] and the United States Navy.[34] In later years, she served on the Chemical Warfare Board[35] and on Harry Truman’s Civil Defense Advisory Council.[36] During the Korean War, she served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.[37]

Gilbreth had always been interested in teaching and education; as an undergraduate she took enough education courses to earn a teacher’s certificate,[38] and her second doctoral dissertation was on efficient teaching methods.[39]

While residing in Providence, Rhode Island, she and husband taught free two-week summer schools in scientific management from 1913 to 1916.[40] They later discussed teaching the “Gilbreth system” of motion study to members of industry, but it was not until after her husband’s death that she created a formal motion study course. This system she presented at the 1. PIMCO – First Prague International Management Congress in Prague on July 1924. Her first course began in January 1925, and it offered to “prepare a member of an organization, who has adequate training both in scientific method and in plant problems, to take charge of Motion Study work in that organization.”[41] Coursework included laboratory projects and field trips to private firms to witness the application of scientific management.[42] She ran a total of seven motion study courses out of her home in Montclair, New Jersey until 1930.[43]

Meanwhile, Gilbreth had been lecturing at Purdue University since 1925, where her husband had previously given annual lectures.[44] This led to a visiting professorship in 1935, when she became the first female engineering professor at Purdue; she was granted full professorship in 1940, dividing her time between the departments of industrial engineering, industrial psychology, home economics, and the dean’s office where she consulted on careers for women.[45] In the School of Industrial Engineering, she helped establish a time and motion study laboratory, and transferred motion study techniques to the home economics department under the banner of “work simplification”.[46] She retired from Purdue in 1948.[47]

Besides teaching at Purdue, she was also appointed Knapp Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Engineering,[48] and taught at other universities including the Newark College of Engineering (1941–43),[49] Bryn Mawr College, and Rutgers University.[50] She became resident lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964, at the age of 86.[51]

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1879 – H. B. Reese, American candy maker, created Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)
Harry Burnett “H. B.” Reese (May 24, 1879 – May 16, 1956) was an American inventor and businessman known for creating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and founding the H. B. Reese Candy Company.[1]

Reese was born in York County, Pennsylvania on an agricultural and dairy farm.[1] He was the son of Annie Belinda (Manifold) and Aquilla Asbury Reese.[2] He married Blanche Edna (Hyson) Reese on August 1, 1900.[1] H.B Reese invented Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in 1928.[1]

He first moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1917, where he enjoyed a relatively prosperous job on a dairy farm owned by The Hershey Company until the farm was closed by Hershey’s.[1] Not long after moving his family to Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, Reese moved back to Hershey, again working for Hershey’s.[1] Always an entrepreneur and inspired by his work, Reese began experimenting with candies in his basement, by 1923 he created the H. B. Reese Candy Company.[1] He built a new home and factory for his growing business in 1926, selling a large assortment of candies.[1] By 1928, H. B. and Blanche had sixteen children.[1] That same year, H. B. Reese invented Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.[1] H.B. Reese initially sold his many candies on consignment to retail stores, but by 1935 he was a success and was able to pay off all his mortgages.[1]

During World War II, economic constraints and scarcity of materials led him to discontinue his other candies and concentrate solely on his peanut butter cups, his most popular offering.[1]


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It took me about a year of thinking about it until I got the courage to approach Heather Kendall-Miller for an interview. To me, Heather is way up there with our top Alaska Native leaders of today.…
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907 Updates May 24, 2017

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Author: Michelle Theriault Boots APD headquarters blocked to public after man drops off ‘homemade bomb’ for disposal
On Tuesday, Mick Mulvaney, head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, responsible for the budget request, said that the Trump administration is “no longer willing to measure compassion by the number of programs out there” but instead by helping people get off those programs.
Author: Erica Martinson: Wide array of Alaska programs face elimination under president’s proposed budget
By Sidney Sullivan: MAP: See how 2017 Anchorage homicides compare to the deadliest year on record

“Rodriguez [then] retrieved a shotgun from her vehicle and pointed it at [Semeatu] telling him to leave,” prosecutors said. Semeatu then “continued to taunt” the victims until police sirens caused him to run away. Police say the gun was not fired.
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Shorpy May 24, 2017

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1905. “Hotel St. John (Mills House), Meeting Street.” 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


Circa 1941. “Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright. Tennessee, e.g. Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville.” Here, we seem to have two city slickers going native in the pre-Happy Meal era. Locally sourced food!


December 1942. “Locomotives in the roundhouse at a Chicago and North Western Railroad yard.” Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

Images May 24, 2017

“Blessed Light”
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Photo by Vangelis Batsikostas
Vangelis Batsikostas






Quotes May 24, 2017

“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.”
“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens does not really matter.”
Jack Kornfield
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Dalai Lama
“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.”
“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.”
Marcus Aurelius
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
ThichNhat Hanh
“I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.”
“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient.”
Marilynne Robinson
“This isn’t just “another day, another dollar.” It’s more like “another day, another miracle.”
“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be, and in this moment, there is infinite possibility.”
“It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor.”
Victoria Moran
“If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.”
Sharon Salzberg
“By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.”
Matthieu Ricard
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”
Allan Lokos
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”
Robin Sharma
“Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.”
Ruth Ozeki
“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
Pema Chödrön

A tourist’s guide to navigating Alaska’s marijuana market – Alaska Dispatch News

A tourist’s guide to navigating Alaska’s marijuana market – Alaska Dispatch News

FYI May 23, 2017

May 23rd is National Taffy Day!

On this day:

1829 – Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna, Austrian Empire.
Cyrill Demian (1772–1849) of Armenian origin, made his living as an organ and piano maker, with his two sons Karl and Guido, in Mariahilfer Straße No. 43 in Vienna, Austria. On May 6, 1829, Cyrill and his two sons presented a new instrument to the authorities for patent – the accordion. The patent was officially granted on May 23, 1829.

Demian’s Accordion Description
(Translated Summary of Original Old-German Manuscript)
Its appearance essentially consists of a little box with feathers of metal plates and bellows fixed to it, in such a way that it can easily be carried, and therefore traveling visitors to the country will appreciate the instrument.

It is possible to perform marches, arias, melodies, even by an amateur of music with little practice, and to play the loveliest and most pleasant chords of 3, 4, 5 etc. voices after instruction.[1]
The First Accordion Debate

The advent of the accordion is the subject of debate among researchers. Many credit Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann, as the inventor of the accordion, while others give the distinction to Cyrill Demian an Armenian from the Romanian city of Gherla (ancient Armenopolis) living in Vienna, who patented his Accordion in 1829, thus coining the name. A modification of the Handäoline, Demian’s invention comprised a small manual bellows and five keys, although, as Demian noted in a description of the instrument, extra keys could be incorporated into the design. Numerous variations of the device soon followed.[2]

The Accordion Assembly
(Translated Summary of Original Old-German Manuscript)

1st – In a box 7 to 9 inches long, 3½ inches wide and 2 inches high, feathers of metal plates are fixed, which were known for more than 200 years as Regale, Zungen, Schnarrwerk, in organs.

2nd – With bellows fixed to the above box and its 5 claves fixed below, even an amateur of music can play the loveliest and most moving chords of 3, 4 and 5 voices with very little practice.

3rd – Each claves or key of this instrument allows two different chords to be heard, as many keys are fixed to it, double as many chords can be heard, pulling the bellows a key gives one chord, while pushing the bellows gives the same key a second chord.

4th – As this instrument can be made with 4, 5 and 6 or even more claves, with chords arranged in alphabetical order, many well known arias, melodies and marches, etc. may be performed similar to the harmony of 3, 4 and 5 voices, with satisfaction of all anticipations of delicacy and vastly amazing comfort in increasing and decreasing sound volume.

5th – The instrument is of the same size as the attached illustration, with 5 claves and 10 chords, not heavier than 32 to 36 Loth [1 Loth = approx. 16 g, MW], only if there are more chords will it become longer and some Loths heavier, so it is easy and comfortable to carry and should be a welcome invention for travelers, country and parties visiting individuals of both sexes, especially as it can be played without the help of anybody.[1]

With the cover of the bellows, the entire instrument may be doubled, in order to play more chords or more single tones, in this case, keyboard, the bellows remain in the middle, while each hand controls in turn, either the claves or the bellows.

The above-mentioned duplication of the instrument or adding more chords, would not make anything better to anybody, or give something new, as only the parts would increase, and the instrument more expensive and heavier. The instrument costs 12 to 16/M M, the difference in price results in a more elegant or worse-looking appearance.

“We think that it is the most excellent innovation, that with one claves, a complete chord can be played.” [1]


Born on this day:

1810 – Margaret Fuller, American journalist and critic (d. 1850)
Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli (May 23, 1810 – July 19, 1850), commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women’s rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.

Born Sarah Margaret Fuller in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was given a substantial early education by her father, Timothy Fuller. She later had more formal schooling and became a teacher before, in 1839, she began overseeing what she called “conversations”: discussions among women meant to compensate for their lack of access to higher education. She became the first editor of the transcendentalist journal The Dial in 1840, before joining the staff of the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley in 1844. By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as the best-read person in New England, male or female, and became the first woman allowed to use the library at Harvard College. Her seminal work, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, was published in 1845. A year later, she was sent to Europe for the Tribune as its first female correspondent. She soon became involved with the revolutions in Italy and allied herself with Giuseppe Mazzini. She had a relationship with Giovanni Ossoli, with whom she had a child. All three members of the family died in a shipwreck off Fire Island, New York, as they were traveling to the United States in 1850. Fuller’s body was never recovered.

Fuller was an advocate of women’s rights and, in particular, women’s education and the right to employment. She also encouraged many other reforms in society, including prison reform and the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Many other advocates for women’s rights and feminism, including Susan B. Anthony, cite Fuller as a source of inspiration. Many of her contemporaries, however, were not supportive, including her former friend Harriet Martineau. She said that Fuller was a talker rather than an activist. Shortly after Fuller’s death, her importance faded; the editors who prepared her letters to be published, believing her fame would be short-lived, censored or altered much of her work before publication.

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